Assistant Professor Dr. Cheong Yew Choong

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications



Cheong Yew Choong is a prizewinner of several competitions: the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Piano Competition in the State of West Virginia (2002), WVU’s Annual Young Artists Auditions (2003) and the VSA Arts’s International Young Soloists Award (2007). He is the recipient of full scholarships and graduate assistantships throughout his studies in West Virginia University. His teachers include Prof. Dr. Peter Amstutz and Prof. Dr. P’ng Tean Hwa.

Despite severely-impaired hearing, Dr. Cheong has been active as a soloist and chamber musician. Among the highlights of solo performances are appearances at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., Thailand’s First Mozart Piano Competition and Festival, the International Piano Festival by People with Disabilities in Osaka and Vienna, KL Piano Gala Concerts and UCSI International Piano Festival & Competition 2018. As an educator, Dr. Cheong has presented a lecture-recital on dynamic hairpins at the 13th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Adelaide and the Inaugural UCSI Piano Pedagogy Conference in 2017. He has also conducted master classes in Indonesia and Thailand.

Dr. Cheong is currently Assistant Professor at Institute of Music, UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur. He has designed a range of Master’s music courses, and teaching applied piano, piano literature, performance practice and music theory. He also serves as a research supervisor for both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.


Areas of interest

  • Piano Performance
  • Performance Practice
  • Piano Literature
  • Music Theory